Excellent rating awarded to Balnarring Preschool

Date awarded: 06/07/2017
Valid until: 05/07/2020

Balnarring Preschool has been awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), the highest rating a service can achieve under the National Quality Framework.

Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating. The Excellent rating is awarded for three years. After this time services have the option to re-apply. 

The Balnarring based service was recognised for its practice and environments that enhance children’s learning and growth, its collaborative partnerships with professional, community or research organisations and its commitment to children that respects, reflects and celebrates culture and diversity, including place of origin.

Examples of exceptional practice at the service include:

  • A strong collaborative partnership with a local primary school and early learning centre and two local Elders to facilitate ongoing learning, share knowledge and experience about the culture of Boon Wurrung and its traditions.
  • Opportunities for children to connect to the land and investigate the natural environments through a Beach and Bush program.
  • A strong commitment to acknowledging that they live and learn on Boon Wurrung Country and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and culture through the values, beliefs and practices embraced at the service.
  • A sequential development program that aims to develop children’s perceptions and understandings of themselves and the world around them.

As a leader in the sector, Balnarring Preschool leads and inspires the local community, in particular to embed the beliefs and values of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the community. In addition, the ECT teachers at the service actively promote the service’s exceptional practices and programs by mentoring and sharing practice with others and taking a leadership role in inspiring others within the community to adopt a similar philosophy to the Learning and Living with nature philosophy and to advocate for best practice and quality outcomes for all children.

About the Excellent rating

Services that receive an overall rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’ can apply for the Excellent rating. The Excellent rating is awarded for three years. After this time services have the option to re-apply. 

More information is available on the ACECQA website.